Ever since Marlene Dietrich famously wore a man’s dress suit, ‘le smoking’ has symbolised confidence and female sexual empowerment. Katya Foreman takes a look.
Critics have claimed that all movies inherently glorify conflict, even when they claim a pacifist agenda. Is this fair? Tom Brook investigates
An increasing number of adults are taking piano lessons to relax, focus their minds and express themselves. BBC Culture’s Clemency Burton-Hill is one of them.
Male actors from Marlon Brando to Robert Downey Jr often burn brightly but briefly before falling on hard times. Here’s how they turn failure into success.
When Elvis recorded his first single 60 years ago a star – and a myth – were born. But why has his legend endured for so long? Dylan Jones looks back.
From ancient viaducts to modern-day masterpieces, architecture critic Jonathan Glancey chooses the most spectacular structures from around the globe.
Several new books and films explore the complex relationships between women. Lucy Scholes explains why an issue once sidelined has come into the mainstream.
There are many reasons why censorship boards deem movies illegal to watch. Christian Blauvelt reveals why some popular films were kept out of cinemas.
BBC Culture picks eight of the week’s most eye-catching pictures, including a death metal group in a cube and models in balaclavas at Barcelona Fashion Week.
The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the myth of the lone genius debunked, classical music’s dark secret and a guide to how to read Proust.